Michy Batshuayi cannot challenge Chelsea with Palace: the Devils striker belongs to the London club, and is part of the battalion of 33 players hired by the Blues this season …
33 players. Chelsea has this season 33 players loaned to other clubs, with varying degrees of success. It is a team less than the 42 “rented” Blues recorded in February 2019, and far from the 47 of Atalanta this season, but the pool remains important.
Chelsea reduced the “rental” wing after the sanction imposed by Fifa in early 2019 for its breaches of the rules in transfers of minor players. The London club then lent a slew of young talents to get them hardened at the highest level or to enjoy playing time they were deprived of at Stamford Bridge. Few had the chance to win then, one day, with the Blues, as Thibaut Courtois did, first hired at Atlético when he arrived from Genk. Some have succeeded elsewhere, and have even become stars of European football, to the great regret of Chelsea leaders, such as Romelu Lukaku, Mohamed Salah or Kevin de Bruyne. But the fact of belonging to Chelsea remains a big plus on a CV for a player.